Honda showcases dynamic capabilities of its SUV lineup at the Honda SUV Test Drive event
Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI), Honda’s automobile business unit in the Philippines, recently concluded the Honda SUV Test Drive in Tagaytay with its entire lineup of high-performance SUVs—the HR-V, the CR-V, the Pilot, and, finally, the All-New BR-V.
Amid the breathtaking view of Tagaytay Highlands, HCPI put its four SUVs to the test by allowing media participants to drive the vehicles through on-road, off-road, and customized tracks that simulate various road conditions. All four SUVs were driven on uphill and downhill runs through straight and winding roads to test their power, handling, and safety features.
Every part of the road course truly allowed the participants to experience every vehicle’s dynamic driving performance, powerful engine, and effortless handling. The uphill and downhill drives demonstrated the Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) and Hill Start Assist (HSA) capabilities of all four SUVs that prevented the vehicles from skidding sideways during cornering, and rolling back on inclines.
The HR-V 1.8 EL CVT proved its drivability and handling at every turn, conquering every curve and slope of Tagaytay Highlands, while providing comfort and space for its occupants. Its 1.8-liter powertrain portrayed powerful driving performance, producing a maximum power output of 141 ps at 6500 rpm and 172 NM of torque at 4300 rpm. This engine is mated to a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) developed under Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology for optimal fuel efficiency.
Meanwhile, Honda’s All-Wheel Drive (AWD) SUVs, the CR-V and the Pilot, were driven over rough roads with varying steepness levels to assess their performance and safety features. Honda’s SUV line-up provided utmost driver and passenger comfort in different road conditions as the participants traversed steep light mud trails and dirt hills with ease.
The CR-V 2.4 SX AWD proved capable of delivering maximum power output of 185 ps at 7,000 rpm. The CR-V allowed the media participants to experience comfort and safety in different driving conditions, which were further demonstrated through its Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), VSA, and HSA.
The All-New Pilot 3.5 EX-L AWD showcased confident driving performance with its 3.5-liter Direct Injection i-VTEC V6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) and 6-speed Automatic Transmission that delivers maximum power output of 284 ps. The All-New Pilot also features a new Intelligent Variable Torque Management (i-VTM4), an All Wheel Drive system with torque-vectoring function that provides torque across the rear axle to aid cornering. This helps deliver more dynamic handling that provides effortless, efficient, and dynamic all-weather performance. This function is paired with the New Intelligent Traction Management system that offers four different All Wheel Drive modes (normal, snow, mud, and sand).
The highlight of the test drive was the recently launched All-New BR-V, Honda’s newest and the first-of-its kind 7-seater SUV in the country. The participants drove the All-New BR-V 1.5 V Navi CVT on extensive laps across Tagaytay Highlands. In terms of looks, the All-New BR-V 1.5 V Navi CVT held its own beside the rest of the Honda SUV lineup with its solid frame and masculine body. In terms of performance, the All-New BR-V equally impressed with its 1.5-liter engine mated with a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). It powerfully drove steep uphill climbs carrying a full load,and effectively engaged the twists and turns of Tagaytay Highlands. The All-New BR-V proves to be a capable 7-seater SUV designed for long-distance adventures and cargo-hauling trips with the family.
HCPI is now accepting reservations for the All-New BR-V in all thirty-four (34) Honda dealerships nationwide. Customer delivery will begin this December 2016.